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Chico, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chico fell 0.3 percentage points in April 2022 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Chico peaked in April 2020 at 16.1% and is now 11.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chico unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
California 4.6% -0.2 -3.7
Chico 4.4% -0.3 -3.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chico, California, National

Chico, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chico, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chico peaked in March 2010 at 14,808. There are now 10,766 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chico employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chico, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Chico 4,042 -255 -3,012

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chico, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.6% 4.4% 4,042
March
2022
3.6% 4.8% 4.7% 4,297
February
2022
3.8% 5.3% 5.1% 4,698
January
2022
4.0% 5.7% 5.5% 5,050
December
2021
3.9% 5.8% 5.9% 5,404
November
2021
4.2% 5.8% 5.8% 5,381
October
2021
4.6% 6.1% 5.9% 5,440
September
2021
4.7% 6.4% 6.2% 5,714
August
2021
5.2% 7.0% 6.6% 6,065
July
2021
5.4% 7.4% 7.0% 6,433
June
2021
5.9% 7.9% 7.3% 6,727

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.